Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Poured from tap to snifter. Dark amber hue with off white head. Aroma is tobacco, prunes, caramel, roasted malt, raisins. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice bitterness following. Mouthfeel is is fantastic with a full body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is pretty epic. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2013 22oz bottle thanks to pat. Pours a hazy brown with an off white head. Big caramel bourbon oak and sweet malt taste. Great beer Oakes (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Amber brown, pretty intense whiskey and chewy caramel/toffee aroma. Rich brew. Sweet with a little woody barrel snap. Syrupy richness but the malts are well-developed. Everything is clean, rounded and balanced. If all barley wines were like this I’d drink a lot more barley wine. Utopias fans would dig this. UncleKorm (1335) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2014
On tap, poured a clear ruby brown hue w/ minimal head. Big sweet malty aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are fig, dates, coconut, honey, caramel, malt, and brandy. Full bodied and very warm finish.
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Bottle @ DLD. Sweet brown sugar malt, prune, vanilla, and earthy woody aroma. Brown with a small tan head. Brown sugar, prune, vanilla, and woody flavor. Full body, soft carbonation.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle..pour is Tatste golden with a thin white head..Nose is vanilla, Chocolate, roast, Alcohol, musty..Taste is choclate, spice, vanilla, Rich, fudge.. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle generously shared at the 2014 Pre-Hunahpu Thursday Tasting. Pours a burnt caramel color with a white head. Nose is big caramel, slight oak, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and coconut with definite booze. Flavor is similar with equal parts love and bourbon, vanilla, booze, toffee, coconut, oak, and booze. Medium in body and all kinds of delicious. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
[Bottle / 2011] Thanks, Mike. Nearly opaque, copper-y brown-ish body with not much of a head at all, barely even a thin beige ring forms at the edges. Aroma has some rich caramel candies up front with light whiskey, red licorice, toffee, & a bit of sherry-esque oxidation. Taste is full of caramel covered burnt toast, whiskey soaked dates & raisins, butterscotch, & a lingering, brown sugar finish. Booze is apparent, front to back; quite potent, a little menacing at times. Slight oxidation in the aftertaste, but nothing too off-putting. Thick, heavy, mouth coating body. A good barleywine, but nothing more. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
2011 bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Cloudy reddish-brown pour with very little head. Aromas are caramel, toffee, coconut, raisins, and sugary candy. Taste has a moderate to strong sweetness. Coconut and caramel is the strongest but there’s vanilla and raisins too. Tastes a tad oxidized. Thick body and a syrupy mouthfeel. Slight alcohol in the finish. Decent barley wine. Probably better a year or two ago. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Courtesy of mrebeks
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, grain, mint, coconut, and light bourbon. It pours a transparent orangish-brown with a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The finish has light coconut, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.